We have both had our share of clients who have big plans to lose weight or tighten up in the months before their wedding. You know, the time when you are busy working, and planning a wedding, and dealing with family AND celebrating being engaged...all in a short, pressure-cooker timeline...not the most optimal time of your life to successfully change your diet and workout routine. But nevertheless, sometimes new habits are formed during wedding planning, in a GOOD way, and these changes can set you on the path to a happy, healthy life with your partner, as a married couple.
Our guest this episode is Lauren Fowler - she is a Certified Eating Disorder Registered Dietician and a yoga instructor.
She’s talking with Michelle about Body Positivity and self-acceptance and the struggle, the journey and the basic premise of health and wellness.
Don’t let the crazy wedding-day expectations get you down! Or flustered! Or feeling fatalistic about the whole endeavor! Social media can be a big trigger. Styled shoots online can be deceptive, so can the photos of gorgeous weddings that we are inundated with while wedding planning. With decor AND photogenic couples...please don’t play the compare-game. Being the best version of YOU is what’s important, not aspiring to be someone else, or look like someone else just for one day. Your partner fell in love with YOU, remember?
Happy couples are gorgeous couples! Make decisions during wedding planning that will help you feel comfortable and confident on your wedding day. It’s natural to want to look your best on the wedding day (hello, that photographer wasn’t cheap!) but we encourage you not to obsess. Don’t go down the rabbit-hole of self-hate or despair. It’s not easy, but if you check in with yourself and reorient when you need to, you’ll be better off in the long term, and also meet your short term goals in a healthy way.
Don’t think of your wedding day as the finish line for weight loss!
Lauren’s go-to resources for healthy living:
A certified dietician can help you get started, maybe a nutrition therapy plan
‘Intuitive Eating’ - helping to build internal awareness about when you’re hungry and what your body needs...being mindful about eating
Work out a strategy with a certified dietician that are realistic and convenient
Body Positivity - find a community!
Hey! On your wedding day, EAT! Seriously - as wedding planners, this is on our day-of list. You’d be shocked how many people don’t eat at all on the big day
“I fell in love with being able to help people not only with their physical well-being, but also their mental well-being. Those things go hand in hand.” - Lauren
“Let’s reframe is and focus on health and well-being with your future spouse. Let’s focus on sustainable, healthy habits before the wedding that will last after the wedding. And those may or may not have anything to do with what you look like.” - Lauren
“Educate yourself on nutrition and adjust your lifestyle, rather than ‘diet’.” - Michelle
“There are crazy, unrealistic photos of amazing weddings all over the internet and all these big platforms and we’re like - dude, that cost a million dollars! Those aren’t our weddings! Those aren’t our listeners!” - Michelle
“Your body doesn’t have to be the most important thing about you. There are so many things about you that matter...your humor, your kindness, you compassion. All of that matters more than what your body looks like.” - Lauren
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